Distributor: Signature Entertainment
BBFC Classification: 18
Directors: Jeremy Gillespie & Steven Kostanski
Starring: Aaron Poole, Ellen Wong, Art Hindle, Kathleen Munroe, Kenneth Welsh, James Millington, Grace Munro, Stephanie Belding, Mik Byskov, Daniel Fathers
This morning I read an article written by movie director Harrison Smith (Camp Dread/The Fields/Death House) bemoaning the “dumbing down of horror” for moviegoing audiences. I agree with Smith’s assessment, particularly in that horror movies need to make you think; sure, popcorn movies are good but we also need movies that work on another level. If one subscribes to the premise that cinema is art, isn’t that art meant to invoke an emotional response that is unique to the viewer? If we believe this then horror movies should also do the same. By accident, fluke, serendipity or whatever word one chooses, I was given The Void to review and this one is definitely a thinking persons horror movie; the monsters were obvious, the cult was obvious but what it meant and where it lead is left to the viewer. My interpretations and conclusions of the movie are certainly going to be different from somebody else’s but in the end this is what horror, and movies in general and ultimately art, are supposed to do.
The Void stars Kathleen Munroe (Survival of the Dead) as Allison and Aaron Poole (The Captive) as Daniel, who are an estranged husband and wife who have suffered the loss of a child and by chance both end up at the hospital where Kathleen works on this one particular evening. Vincent (Daniel Fathers) and his son Simon (Mik Byskov) are the out-of-towners that turn up at the hospital as well as Maggie (Grace Munro) and her grandfather Ben (James Millington). Each of these characters faces their own internal struggle as well as the external problems that begin once all the main characters are gathered. This is a movie where a plot synopsis will give it away and it is best you don’t know too much going in.
Written and directed by Jeremy Gillespie (Father’s Day) and Steven Kostanski (Father’s Day/Manborg) this is a movie that should put them solidly on the map. It takes place in several places at once and both of the directors have done a great job in capturing the the terror in all the locations. Cam McLauchlin (Pacific Rim/The Incredible Hulk) handled the editing and has done a great job ensuring the film flows from set piece to set piece without losing any steam. Reminiscent of You’re Next and Let Us Prey, there is little build-up on this one, starting with action and doing a great job of keeping the action going throughout the whole film.
Overall, The Void has a great story, is shot very well and the cast do a great job in handling both the internal and external conflicts throughout the movie, making this a great thinking person’s horror movie. You may be able to pick out where it is going on the major plot points but there are enough smaller details to keep you interested and thinking. Go watch this one and someone please talk to me about their feelings towards it. I tried not to add mine but, to be honest, I am bursting at the seams to talk to someone about it and it is an early contender for my End of Year list. Jeremy, Steven, if you see this – more please, keep them coming.
UK Theatrical Release Date: 31st March 2017
UK Digital Release: 7th April 2017
UK Home Entertainment Release Date: 24th April 2017